Looks like I’m going to be busy today so I’m going to do the linkage a bit early for me at least.
David Bauder of the Associated Press writes that even though he’s no longer NBC Sports Emperor, Dick Ebersol’s presence will still be felt at the London Olympics.
Michael Hiestand at USA Today says NBC will utilize Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon and Shaun White as guest commentators during the Olympics.
Reid Cherner of USA Today writes that ESPN the Magazine has released the roster for its annual “Body” issue.
Alex Sherman of Bloomberg says NBC Sports Network is the key to Comcast turning a profit when NBC’s new Olympic deal begins in 2014.
Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter says NBC is hoping the Olympics will give its struggling Today show a ratings boost.
Scott Roxborough in the Reporter writes that the EURO 2012 semifinal between Spain and Portugal set a ratings record in Europe.
Neil Reynolds of Sky Sports in the UK has New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft lobbying for an NFL franchise in London and increasing the amount of regular season games in the UK from one to two.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable reports NBC expects to lose money on the London Olympics.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says NBCUniversal is pushing people to authenticate in order to watch the Olympics online.
Anthony Crupi at Adweek looks at NBC’s nearly $1 billion take from Olympic ad sales.
Rocco Pendola of The Street wonders if NBC can make a run at ESPN.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report notes how polarizing Chris Berman can be.
Eric Goldschein of SportsGrid doesn’t quite understand the vitriol thrown Berman’s way.
Natan Edelsburg at Lost Remote says NBC is making the London Olympics a truly social media experience. That will make Bob Costas so happy to read Twitter and Facebook promos.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says NBC’s going all in online at the Olympics.
Jack Bell at the Times looks at ESPN’s EURO 2012 ratings.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY notes that the NBA Finals beat Mets-Yankees in New York.
Jerry talks with the first voice ever to be heard on WFAN when it launched 25 years ago.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette says Buffalo Sabres TV voice Rick Jeanneret will do the entire team’s schedule.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says even with a new playoff system, there will still be debates in college football.
In the Washington Examiner, Jim Williams talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas about tonight’s NBA Draft.
Ron Green, Jr. of the Charlotte Observer also talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas about the Bobcats’ choices at the Draft.
David Barron in the Houston Chronicle reports that the Rockets have changed flagship radio stations.
W. Scott Bailey of the San Antonio Business Journal says local native Michelle Beadle has come a long way from covering Professional Bull Riding.
Ryan Sharp at The Oklahoman has proof that the Big 12 pursued Notre Dame to increase its TV value.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman reviews the weekend’s TV ratings.
Paul M. Banks in Chicago Sports Media Watch wonders what will happen to the BCS brand now that a college football playoff is firmly in place.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says Fox Sports San Diego will air November’s Syracuse-San Diego State college basketball game on board the USS Midway.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says the West Coast is getting screwed again with NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Trials.
Sports Media Watch has some ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says the viewership for the NHL Draft and NHL Awards Show was down.
The Brothers Yoder at Awful Announcing have some random sports that ESPN should televise and I totally agree with the number one choice.
And that’s going to do it for the linkage today.